Russian Deputy PM to Hold Safety Conference After Karelia Drowning Incident

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets will hold a countrywide teleconference with the heads of Russia's federal regions, dealing with issues of safe children's recreation and Saturday's deadly drowning incident involving children in Russia's Republic of Karelia, the deputy prime minister's aide said.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, several boats carrying a 51-member group, consisting of children and their adult instructors, capsized in Karelia's Syamozero lake during a storm. According to the Investigative Committee, 14 people died, all of them children. Russian Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov later stated that 15 children died in the incident.

"On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets will hold nationwide teleconference, with the participation of regional heads, dedicated to the safety of children's recreation. Various measures will be discussed, including those related to the situation in Karelia," Alexei Levchenko told reporters.

The conference will take place in the government's situation center, the aide told RIA Novosti, adding that representatives from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, Heath Ministry, Labor Ministry and Education Ministry will also take part.

Earlier, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Ministry of Emergency Situations to provide all help necessary to the relatives of the victims of Saturday's deadly incident.

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